Thursday, December 4, 2014


Somewhere in some reading of one of the one thousand books I’ve read (or was supposed to read) during this semester, there was a suggestion to take one of each of the gifts of the Spirit and focus on that gift for a day.

Today the word is joy.

My favorite definition of the definitions I looked up was from

Joy is “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.”

The part that stood out was joy is “caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying.”

What is something exceptionally good?

What is something satisfying?

With those words, a hundred images start flooding my brain.

There are so many exceptionally good and satisfying things in this world!

Just take joy, for example. The fact that we are capable of even feeling “great delight or happiness” or “keen pleasure” or “elation” is a reason to have joy.

I love joy.

It’s one of my favorites.

And it’s a fruit of having the Holy Spirit living within us. We can have the joy, joy, joy, down in our hearts (or exploding from our eyeballs) because we have the Holy Spirit.

Joy rocks.

I’ll be praying that the joy down in your heart will come bubbling up like crazy. Serious. I’m actually praying that right now.

Get yerself some joy.

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